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At Jennifer Clapp Photography, I serve couples that appreciate the nostalgic, romantic, dreamy and timeless look of film photography.

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How to choose your Engagement Session Location

Whether you want a serene outdoor session at the park, a modern urban session downtown, or a historic session in the city, just like your wardrobe, choosing a place for your engagement session should reflect your personality as a couple.

Here are some tips for narrowing down your options. And if you still can’t decide, I’d love to help you out!

Time of day is important! The golden early evening hour light is the best – it provides lots of warmth and isn’t overly bright or harsh. This light happens approximately 1-2 hours before sunset. Consider this time as you choose your location. Some places like botanical gardens close before this time. You may need to call and ask if you can gain access at this time or schedule as late as you can.

Choose a meaningful place. I love when couples choose a place that is very personal to them such as where they met, had their first date, proposed etc. I once had a couple do their engagement session at the airport! It reminds them of when they first met. They were on a very long layover and met the airport bar. It turned out so amazing! I also have shot at a couples favorite donut shop and the local carnival.

It’s who you know. Do you have any special connections to a sports stadium or private property? Maybe you are a giants fan and have connections to Oracle park! Or have a family friend who owns a ranch.

Think about doing your session during the week. Keep in mind: tourist areas are busy during weekends, so if you opt for one of those, do your engagement session on a weekday.

Consider a lifestyle session at home. Your home is where you feel most comfortable. Having a session where you feel most relaxed will give you timeless photos of the two you enjoying each others company. There are plenty of ways to spice them up. Do you enjoy cooking? Let’s do an in-home cooking engagement session! It’s also super easy to include your four-legged friends at an in-home session, too.

Here are some other tips and location ideas to consider:

  • Old towns give historical character to photos.
  • Botanical gardens and state parks offer plenty of natural beauty but may have a cost to enter.
  • Blossom and Lavender fields are seasonal.
  • Urban Cities (San Francisco, New York etc.) make a spectacular cityscape backdrop.
  • Beaches at sunset are my personal favorite.
  • Mountains in the snow are perfect for you snow bunnies.

I am always here to help with brainstorming wardrobe or location ideas. I want to make your session as comfortable, beautiful, and fun as possible. Connect with me! I can’t wait to hear from you.

Emerald Bay
Old Sugar Mill
Folsom Lake
Beals Point Folsom Lake
Napa Valley Hotel
Walton Lighthouse, Santa Cruz
Ranchers private property in Folsom
Dillons Beach

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